PSU?Altoona students help feed local children

Members of Penn State Altoona’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council assembled treat bags in the Adler Gym for the Altoona Area School District’s Mountain Lion Backpack Program on Tuesday.

SAAC has been involved with the program throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, with members volunteering their time to help give local children a wholesome and nutritious diet.

The program is designed to provide food to elementary school children in the Altoona area who otherwise may not have access to proper nutrition outside of school. The nonprofit puts “kids at the front of the line for receiving the food they need while not in school – food that equips them to come to school Monday morning physically and mentally prepared to learn.”

Every Friday from October to May, the Mountain Lion Backpack Program provides two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, two drinks, and two snacks to local children. These nutritious, non-perishable, kid-friendly food items are packed in a backpack for the weekend and delivered to deserving elementary school children in the AASD for a cost of about $3 per week.

The athletic department’s community service efforts continued on Friday, when members of the Penn State Altoona men’s basketball team, along with its coaching staff, donated their time at the Logan Elementary School basketball practice. The Wildcats players received instruction from the Penn State Altoona student-athletes on layups, shooting, passing and defense. The Lions also participated in several activities in the practice with the sixth grade students.

Women’s bowling

Penn State Altoona women’s bowling concluded its competition in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships on Sunday at Byllye Lanes by securing second place.

The standings were determined by teams’ total pinfall after Saturday and Sunday. Host school Pitt-Bradford won the AMCC title with 6267 pins, while Penn State Altoona finished with 6167. Medaille College placed third with 5691, and Mount Aloysius College came in fourth with 4870.

Sunday’s matches were in the best 4-of-7 baker format. The Lady Lions picked up two wins in three matches, defeating Mount Aloysius 610-441 and Medaille 950-854 and losing 762-653 to Pitt-Bradford.

The weekend’s matches constituted the first AMCC championship in conference history, as the 2013-2014 season was the first year that the league sponsored women’s bowling as a championship sport.